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The Thrill of the Unexpected! September 29, 2010

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I read my horoscope this morning (yes, I do that from time to time – and I’m a Pisces in case you’re wondering) and it said, “You might receive unexpected news today, which could leave you feeling thrilled. It may simply be the element of surprise or the fact that there is something that you have always wanted to happen that has come true for you that is causing your excitement.”

Wow! The whole idea of getting thrilling, unexpected news – well – thrills me! Isn’t that just what I’ve been talking about all month? Looking for the SpiritSparks – the great, unforeseen things that just show up for no apparent rhyme nor reason?

My challenge when this news arrives will be to simply appreciate and take pleasure in the feeling and not think too deeply about what it may mean for the future. I realize that letting go of any desired outcome will make my news much more meaningful. I’ll need to release anything negative that may come to mind and not over-analyze. It’s only in doing so that I can truly experience the joy of the moment.

When my SpiritSpark appears, which I’m definitely on alert for today, I intend to truly relish it and place my awareness squarely in the present. By being one with my feelings and releasing expectations of a particular outcome, I’ll more fully delight in the blessings I’ll be given today.

So, just because that’s my horoscope, doesn’t mean SpiritSparks won’t be flying around in your world too. The questions are: Will you recognize them? How will you react to them? Will you scrutinize and evaluate or will you revel and relish them?

Write and tell me what shows up for you this week and be sure to add how you reacted. I can’t wait to hear your stories and I’ll let you know, too, if my horoscope was right.


Oh Boy! Can’t Wait to See What’s Gonna Happen Today! September 24, 2010

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When the SpiritSparks aren’t flyin’ and you’re feeling dull and dreary, it may be because you see the day ahead as routine and uninspiring with nothing to look forward to. Although you may believe that at first blush, what will happen if you instead look forward with anticipation? What if you look beyond what you’ve planned and know will happen, and are just open to what might show up?

Today, for instance, my plan was to meet with a fellow Coach whom I had never seen. I had no expectation really, it was just a chance to meet a new colleague and talk about Coaching. As it turns out, and it should have been no surprise, we have a lot in common AND we now have plans to collaborate on a future project (which will include podcasting – something I’ve wanted to do for a lo-o-ong time. Stay tuned for that update!)

What is the lesson here? I think it’s that we can choose to find new opportunities in a day that seems to hold nothing interesting. We can move into our life with eyes wide open. Perhaps we can look for a new person to meet with or call an old friend to plan a get-together.

We can decide to look for beauty in our surroundings, something to laugh about, or we can choose to do something new and interesting, fun and playful on our lunch break just to see what will happen.

The bottom line? When you decide that you don’t know everything, you allow yourself to open up to amazing potential and unexpected SpiritSparks.

Try it today!

Coincidence or SpiritSparks? September 15, 2010

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Consider the last time you experienced an extraordinary coincidence. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity to describe those moments as the coming together of seemingly unconnected events. When you reflect on your life, you may recognize that it has been shaped by countless moments of synchronicity. Truly incredible opportunities come into our lives every day, but most of us only recognize them in hindsight.

This week, I invite you to cast off self-imposed limitations and begin creating a real transformation in your life by paying attention to your SpiritSparks. Discover your own untapped reserves of coincidences and synchronicities. You can begin by using a few simple, yet extraordinarily effective techniques:

Connect to your potential. One of the most powerful tools we have for accessing our full capacity as humans is meditation. When we meditate, the mind gradually lets go of limiting beliefs and conditioned thought-patterns, opening us to the flow of new ideas and possibilities.

Plant the seeds of intention. Intention is like a seed. When you plant a seed in fertile soil, such as your sub-conscious mind, and water and fertilize it by your practice of meditation, it has everything it needs to sprout and grow. Learn to plant the seed of intention with this meditation from davidji.

When a coincidence happens, don’t ignore it
. Instead, ask yourself,” What is the message here? What is the significance of this event?” Don’t strain for answers. Just ask the question and the answers will come. They may arrive as a sudden insight (I get them in the middle of the night and in the shower), a chance encounter, a relationship or in another way. Whatever form the response takes, you’ll immediately know that you’re receiving an important clue.

Keep a journal of your coincidences. Writing down the SpiritSparks you experience, whether tiny or huge, encourages more of them to unfold. More coincidences provide more clues to guide your actions and more possibilities for fulfillment.

Keep sending your SpiritSparks to me this week. Your stories are amazing and will be held in strictest confidence.

Introducing SpiritSparks™! September 7, 2010

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I’m starting a new project this month called SpiritSparks™. I’ve noticed lately our almost universal desire to have a direct connection to God, Spirit, the Universe, however you refer to your Higher Power. We pray and desperately look and listen for answers to our pleas for direction, clarity, healing, etc. While a few people actually do get direct instructions, most of us still seek the burning bush. Truthfully, I don’t ever get a whole blaze, but I do see sparks from time to time.

Today I begin a new exploration into moments of coincidence, synchronicity, answered prayer, or simply the experience of, “Holy cow, did you see that?” with a new project I’m calling SpiritSparks.

What “sparked” this idea was the spiral map I wrote about last week that prompted me to look at unskilled choices I’d made in the past. If we extrapolate that idea into a full Life Map, we can see not only unskilled choices, but also times when we experienced hints, or SpiritSparks, and headed in a new direction, made a spur of the moment decision or had a had life-changing encounter.

One that sticks out clearly in my mind is how I became a Life Coach. It wasn’t a coincidence or gentle SpiritSpark for me. It was more like a two-by-four to the side of the head. In 1997, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Needless to say, I was frightened beyond measure and didn’t know where to turn for help. So, I went to church, knelt in a pew and prayed for guidance. Then I sat in the pew and cried. Then, strangely enough, I fell asleep. When I woke up, I had an extraordinary sense of peace – and I knew I had to go to a bookstore. Weird, right?

Fast forward a few hours. At the nearest Borders, I was drawn to the section on alternative healthcare and a book almost jumped off the shelf to me. It was “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can” by Carolyn Myss. What I learned was that, according to Myss, auto-immune disease is linked to our connection, or lack of connection, to Spirit.

That was the beginning of my new path. I found a new church, a new way to see God as loving rather than fear-based. A few months later, I read an article written by Martha Beck, the world’s most famous Life Coach. Her bio for that article introduced me to a profession called Life Coaching, which I fell in love with. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The point of this self-indulgent tale is to point out how an incident can appear devastating at first, like my MS diagnosis, and can really be a SpiritSpark – an incident that ultimately led me to a whole new life path.

I have lots of other stories, but I mostly would love to hear about your SpiritSparks.

They can be funny, quirky things that happen, or serious, life-threatening incidents. Maybe you’ve had a special butterfly in your garden, a curious conversation with a stranger, a found item, a still small voice or some bizarre coincidence. No story is too small or too weird!

Let SpiritSparks fly!